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Inhabited Initial, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons'

Inhabited Initial, In St. Peter Chrysologus's 'Sermons'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 8 D.xxii

Item number: f.2r

Length: 27.4

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Not much is known about St. Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450) except that he was born and died in Imola (Italy), and was Archbishop of Ravenna from 433 to 449. Over 170 sermons are attributed to his authorship, of which this manuscript contains 76; it is perhaps therefore the first volume of a two-volume set. It is probably written by the same scribe as British Library, Royal MS. 6 C.viii, which comes from the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, in Yorkshire. The gold background, colours used, and the reserved areas of blank parchment in this initial 'H' are unusual. This page can be compared with f.1r, which is a discarded leaf with part of the same text.

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